Spain is an amazing country to visit from any standpoint. Its cuisine is excellent, its attractions are breathtaking, and its climate is wonderful. An especially wonderful region to visit is southern Spain, which has many destinations. But four among them stand out for the cultural attractions they serve. These four destinations are representative of the cultures of southern Spain.
Seville – Seville’s historical claims to fame are as a former center for the Umayyad Caliphate and as the port for goods from the New World. They are long gone now, but their influence still remains. Seville has many museums and parks to visit, including the Museum of Fine Arts and the Plaza de España. The tomb of Christopher Columbus is situated in the city’s cathedral. Seville has a lively nightlife with many clubs and pubs, many serving the popular tapas, little bites of different foods.
Cadiz – Cadiz has held a long history as being a very old city that is still inhabited; its plazas reflect much of its medieval history. In addition, there are structures of many different styles, including houses, palaces, walls, and towers. For a memorable experience, catch the sights of its beaches or its festive carnivals, the latter of which is lively throughout the year.
Jerez – Not far from Cadiz is Jerez, a city which is almost as equal in historical value. The city structures held in high regard consist of churches and fortresses. But more than that, Jerez is an artsy city; its first and foremost claim is as the capital of Sherry, for it is the origin of this special spirit. Besides sherry, Jerez is also known for its horse riding school and flamenco.
Granada – Granada was the last stronghold of the Moors before the city was retaken by the Spanish. As such, its primary attraction is the infamous Alhambra palace. This legacy of the Nasrid dynasty shows the lasting Muslim influence in the city. Other regions in the city feature legacies of the mix of cultures Granada had with Christians, Jews, and gypsies.
Just from these four regions one can see the cultural breadth of southern Spain. All of the destinations have a rich mix of cultures that can be seen in their various attractions; they are legacies of long-gone eras that survive to present themselves in the modern era. Judging from these four destinations, they make excellent reasons to visit Spain.